The London Borough of Culture has been a key year for platforming artists and creatives from Brent to wider audiences. Throughout 2020, as well as delivering a programme for the year of culture, we have established an Artist Network and have supported artists with grants to continue their practice over lockdown. Now we are excited to offer a new residency scheme for visual artists, including free studio space, at Metroland Studio in Kilburn.

The residencies form part of Brent Council and Metroland Cultures' commitment to support and develop provision for visual artists in Brent and will consist of a free studio space and the opportunity to take part in an open studio event in July 2021. These residencies fulfill one of the key commitments of the legacy of Brent 2020 - to make new places for artists and art in Brent.

Metroland Studio is offering residencies for individual artists and artist collectives that will run from November 2020 to September 2021.

Residencies will be offered through an open call process, details on how to apply are below.

Application Process

Applications are invited from both individual artists as well as collectives who live, work or have a connection to Brent.

In order to apply please submit a pdf document which includes:

  • A short description of no more than 500 words that outlines your need for a studio space; how you plan to use it and how often; the type of space that you require (e.g. desk space/studio), and the work you would like to develop during the residency

  • Up to 3 examples of previous work (images can be inserted into the pdf or you can provide weblinks)

  • A link to your website (if applicable)

  • A lead contact name and email for your application

PDF applications should be emailed to by 17:00 on Monday 2 November 2020. Meetings with shortlisted artists will take place on Friday 6 November.

Please refer to the FAQ sheet which provides further information on eligibility, the selection process, and Metroland Studio.

If you have any questions about the application process email